British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium
Company limited by guarantee (non-profit), UK
II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations
Trade and business associations
Great Queen St, 16
London WC2B 5AH
Boulevard Bischoffsheim 11, bte 1
Ms Glynis Whiting
Mr Glenn Vaughan
The British Chamber’s mission is to be the essential network for international business in Belgium.
British by name and origin, the British Chamber is in reality a truly international and independent organisation providing a unique networking platform for business people.
NETWORKING - As one of the most diverse and international chamber in Europe, networking is at the heart of everything we do.
- We are a network of 260 companies and 2000 active business people;
- Two thirds of our members are non-British companies;
- Members range from large multinationals to small services companies and entrepreneurs;
- We hold over 100 events a year with business and institutional speakers.
PROFILING - The British Chamber provides a platform to profile and promote member businesses and build relationships with a wide range of potential clients and stakeholders.
- High level meetings/networking with senior business and government figures;
- EU Policy briefings;
- Keeping up to date with latest business developments;
- Marketing for members.
INSIGHT - Our programme of informal and in-depth briefings by leading figures allows our members to gain insights into business and policy developments at both national and EU level.
- Our events cover a range of topics from high level politics through technical legislative dossiers to practical issues relating to doing business in Belgium;
- We have specialist committees on business development, EU and ICT;
- We also hold a number of briefings with national and regional decision makers and senior Belgian business representatives;
- a particular feature of our briefings is their informal setting.
We have six subject groups (task forces) within our EU Committee which organise events around the issues our members have an interest in. These are:
Business Security - counterfeit, illicit trade and serious organised crime, intellectual property, border management
Industrial Competitiveness - innovation, environment, energy, infrastructure
Food, Health & Consumers
Competition & Trade
The events we arrange range from small scale briefings with ten people, focused on specific and often technical dossiers, to large scale conferences or dinners with senior speakers from government and business covering strategic considerations.Our communication activities are centred around our events - mainly through our website and mailing to our members.
We do not produce any policy positions or publications or undertake lobbying activity and undertake no other projects in this field (we do projects around trade and business development between UK and Belgium)
The British Chamber organises around 160 events per year of which around 100 are related to the EU. Around 40 comprise briefings by senior speakers from EU institutions, governments and parliamentarians covering all policy fields of interest to businesses (e.g. trade, environment, internal market, competition etc).
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This includes CEO, head of communications, policy executive, junior support staff and the partial contribution of other permanent staff.
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A complete and up to date list of members and contact information is published on our website at the address below:
We are a member of COBCOE, an independent non-profit organisation representing 35 British chambers of commerce in 32 countries across Europe. Acting as an umbrella organisation, COBCOE works with member chambers to advance international trade and business with the United Kingdom. As such, it gives a voice to about 10,000 businesses, mainly located outside of the UK, from all sectors of trade and industry involved in business with the UK.
Its aim is to protect and promote the interests of our constituent chambers - and their business members - through representation, cooperation and trade stimulation. To do this, COBCOE liaises closely with governments and organisations including the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Institute of Directors (IoD), and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) to ensure that members’ needs and concerns are addressed.
01/2014 - 12/2014
No funding received from the EU institutions during the last closed financial year.
The British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium does not undertake any representational activities. However, our member companies will, from time to time, use the events arranged by our EU Committee for their own representational activities. Therefore, in the interests of transparency and in recognition of the fact that we do provide a platform for our members to interact with EU policy-makers, we list below all of the costs associated with the operation of our EU committee in 2014.
All costs in EUR
Event costs (venues etc) 79500
Salary costs 142500
We would suggest that of these costs, one-sixth (around EUR 55,000) could be reasonably said to be costs directly related to representational activities by our individual members through chamber activities.
The basis for the estimate of costs given is that the chamber's activities provide three equally important benefits for its members – networking, profiling and insight (as set out above). We therefore take one-third of costs as being related to profiling. In the case of EU committee activities, profiling normally includes market positioning (toward clients) as well as interest representation. We thus estimate that up to one-sixth of EU committee costs could be seen as related to the latter.
By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.